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Deep Thoughts: Red Sox bullpen edition

Apr 27, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

The Red Sox called up lefty Fabio Castro from Pawtucket today to bolster the bullpen after yesterday’s slug fest. Castro has an ERA of 8.10 in AAA right now. With those numbers you’d figure that he’s going to get nothing but garbage time. Which makes me wonder what’s the point of having a knuckleballer in the bullpen if you’re not going to use him to suck up oodles of garbage time innings like that.

And since Castro is a lefty, why not call up Alan Embree? He’s threatening to take off if the Sox don’t call him up. And, unlike Castro, he’s actually been pretty effective so far this year.

I realize that this is little stuff in the grand scheme of things, but unless the Phillies give Jimmy Rollins a 6 year/120M contract this afternoon, not much is going on right now.

  1. d - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    probably because Castro has options and he’s been a starter, so he can go innings – and maybe they don’t trust Embree (although he’s been pretty good in AAA)
    punishes service

  2. jeff - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Wake isn’t available to pitch today due to him starting on Sunday. Attch was going to get the hook with dice-k coming up on Sat.
    Their bullpen is blown out and they needed someone that could give them multiple innings if/when buchholtz blows up tonight. I doubt embree could give more than one inning.
    Your RS hate burns strong but this is a pretty sub-par post if you ask me…

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    How on earth is this “Red Sox hate?” Are you so sensitive that any questioning of your team’s moves is construed as hate?

  4. W - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I love Embree’s threats to opt-out. Does he really believe there’s a huge demand for 40 year old relief pitchers who have performed as badly as he has for the last two seasons?

  5. Jonny5 - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    “I realize that this is little stuff in the grand scheme of things, but unless the Phillies give Jimmy Rollins a 6 year/120M contract this afternoon, not much is going on right now.”
    Or Jayson Werth………. OPS = “1 and change” :>P

  6. Erik - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Yeah Craig, it doesn’t take much research to determine that Wake pitched Sunday (thus not available really) and Castro is on the 40 man roster, unlike Embree. That means bringing up Fabio (for name alone, worth the call up) is the easiest roster move to bolster the bullpen.

  7. BC - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Castro is going back down in a few days once Wake is available. Embree is probably toast at this point, and I don’t know what his contract dictates if he’s at the MLB level, he could be fairly expensive.

  8. Joey B - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    “And, unlike Castro, he’s actually been pretty effective so far this year.”
    He has a 6/5 K/W ratio against minor leaguers. He may or may not be a better choice than Fabio, but ‘pretty effective’, probably not.

  9. Ralph Kramden - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    “Sucking up innings” would ill-use Wakefield, in my opinion. Wake can be a dazzlingly effective pitcher. I think you would use him best in a game like last night’s – a game where your starter has been shelled early, but a game that is still competitive. Or maybe when you have a starter like Dice-K, who you only expect to go 5 innings, but you still expect to be in the game.

  10. quintjs - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Jeff has it right Craig, you are wrong on this.
    Castro is up literally for a few days to provide the bullpen some depth and INNINGS if needed (since he is a AAA starter) and he was going to start tonight when means he is available immediately.
    When Matsuzaka is back from the DL, Castro goes back down to AAA.
    They couldn’t do that with Embree, moving up and down at will, and multiple innings.
    While I seem to be one of the few people here who don’t have you Craig, and thought you were spot on with Howard, you swung and missed on this one.
    This type of move is fairly common, particulary for the Red Sox (calling relievers up for a day or two).

  11. josh - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    And… Embree is called up, and Castro sent down (no word on corresponding move to add Embree to the 40 man).

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